GPS Logging – The Best Way to Track Business Mileage

Update: I’ve completed a comprehensive review of the product mentioned in this blog.

I’ve begun my review of the TripLogik TL1000:  Review: TripLogik TL1000 Mileage Logger – Part 1 – Unboxing

Part 2 of my review can be found here: Review: TripLogik TL1000 Mileage Logger – Part 2

This year I began using a GPS device track my mileage for a few reasons:

  • I wanted to be able to substantiate my mileage write-offs in an audit.
  • I am too lazy to reliably keep a mileage log.
  • I now don’t get reimbursed for mileage, but I still write it off.

Ever the tech enthusiast, I considered several options.  There are apps for your smartphone, live GPS tracking solutions, subscription based hardware, and lately I’ve found hardware that is NOT subscription based.  What does all that ‘stuff’ I just listed mean?

You can download an app for your smartphone that will track where you are going, how many miles you traveled, when you traveled, etc.  The problem is that you have to REMEMBER to turn it on (see earlier comment about me being lazy).  There are also solutions in which you install a device in your vehicle, and an online service constantly tracks the location and can generate reports for you.  This is a great solution if you have a fleet of vehicles, or a fleet of (employee) landmen that don’t like to leave their hotel until 10 AM.  Good luck getting me to install one of those in my vehicle if anyone other than me can see it.

Another solution is the hardware based GPS logging — you plug a device into your cigarette lighter and it tracks where you go.  Every so often, weekly or monthly, you plug it into your computer and upload the data to the providers website.  They sort it all and generate reports based on your driving habits.  This is what I’ve been using all year, it’s a product called Milo by SatLogix.  The device is $199 and $9.99 a month.  It does a pretty tolerable job of tracking your mileage, it has two buttons on the device.  One is for business trips, the other is for personal trips.  You just have to push one of the buttons before the end of the trip.  Fortunately, you can program the device with your work schedule and it will automatically select business travel during those times.  Then you simply have to override the selection if necessary.

However, I’ve recently come across a product called TripLogik — funny that these company names are so similar isn’t it?  TripLogik will perform all the functions that my current device does, but boasts a better GPS antenna — and most importantly has no monthly fee!  The device also costs less  at $169 CAD.

I think both of these solutions are better than the solutions available in the “mass market” such as what you’ll see at places like Amazon: Trackstick Pro GPS Tracking Device

So I’ve ordered the device and when it comes in I’ll write a detailed review of my experience with it.  If you’d like to check out TripLogik just click on the picture below:

Update:

I’ve begun my review of the TripLogik TL1000:  Review: TripLogik TL1000 Mileage Logger – Part 1 – Unboxing

Part 2 of my review can be found here: Review: TripLogik TL1000 Mileage Logger – Part 2

Disclosure: TripLogik did provide me with a discount on the device in exchange for writing a review.  TripLogik will not have the right to edit or control the content of the review.

Randy Young

Randy Young

Randy is a land consultant with experience in field and in-house land work, land administration, and software consulting with systems used in the land management business. He is an active member of the AAPL, HAPL, and NHAPL and is a regular attendee of industry functions.

Randy’s latest projects have included land data systems integrations, with a focus on Quorum Land System.

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